Interested in a field trip to Amazement Square but want to save money and time?  Choose one of our Inside Out programs instead!  Inside Out brings our immersive, SOL aligned, hands-on programming directly to your school.  

Early Learning Programs

pre-K – 1st grade

+ Dino Math

Non-standard Measurement, Comparing Sets, and Graphing

Investigate math concepts and have a ROARing good time. Students will use non-standard measurement to compare the size of dinosaur footprints and graph their findings. Make tracks to join us!

SOL: Block 1; Block 5; K.1; K.2; K.10; K.13; K.14; 1.9; 1.1; 1.15

+ Life on the Farm

Patterns and Ordinal numbers

Pre-K and K students explore math concepts in our Big Red Barn exhibition! Your students will use ordinal numbers to act out the daily chores of a farmer and create patterns based on a pattern core using their favorite farm animals.

SOL: K.16; K.3; 1.17

+ In the Garden

Exploring the needs and basic parts of plants

Come outside and discover what plants need to grow. Investigate parts of plants, plant adaptations, and all students will plant seeds to bring home and observe their growth. (In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved inside)

SOL: Block 5; K.6; K.7; 1.4

+ Where Animals Live*

Environment, habitat, life processes, classification

Embark on an expedition to explore the elements of animal habitats! Through dramatic play and inquiry, students investigate various types of ecosystems and the needs of living things.

SOL: Block 5

Elementary Programs

2nd - 6th Grade

+ Planetarium: Meet the Planets (2nd - 6th)

Planets, Moon Phases, Earth-Sun-Moon System

Observe planetary order and relative size, the relationship of the Earth-Sun-Moon system, and moon phases.

SOL: 4.7; 4.8

+ Planetarium: Patterns in the Sky (2nd - 6th)

Earth-Sun-Moon System, Moon phases, Revolution, Rotation

Explore patterns of natural events including day and night, moon phases, seasonal change and tides.

SOL: Block 6; 3.8; 4.7; 4.8; 6.8

+ Planetarium: Voyage through the Solar System (2nd - 6th)

Planets, Stars, Solar System, Rotation and Revolution

Size up space as we explore the relative size and distances between planets as we investigate the organization and interaction of the solar system and celestial bodies.

SOL: Block 6; 3.8; 4.7; 4.8; 6.8

+ Plant Design Challenge* (2nd - 3rd)

Knowledge of the needs of plants and basic parts of plants to make a plant model

Students use their knowledge of plant structures and functions to create a model of a plant using repurposed materials.

SOL: 2.1L, 3.1L

+ Animal Adaptations (2nd - 4th)

Discover adaptive traits of birds

Do you have what it takes to survive? Students will explore and test how the shape of a bird’s beak influences their food gathering ability in a variety of habitats.

SOL: 2.5; 3.1; 3.4; 3.6; 4.1; 4.5

+ Innovation Adaptations* (2nd - 4th)

Design and adaptation to help your bug friends!

Students enter the Amazement Square architectural firm to find out that they have a big responsibility. Students will need to use their creative minds to problem solve and produce a model for a special client in need of adaptations. This fully hands on STEAM lesson is appropriate for any grade level and can easily be adjusted for a variety of ages.

SOL: 2.1L; 3.1L; 3.4; 4.1; 4.5

+ Flower Dissection Lab (4th)

Learn the parts of a flower through dissection

We will explore the processes and structures involved in a plant reproductive system using botany model and then students will dissect their own flowers using scientific tools and processes

SOL: 4.1; 4.4

+ Flower Design Challenge* (4th)

Create a model of a flower

Students use their knowledge of flower structures and functions to create a model of a flower using repurposed materials and loose parts.

SOL: 4.1; 4.4

+ Wild Weather (4th - 6th)


A poor connection cuts a severe weather warning short. Students jump in to determine the lost message by analyzing data from weather instruments. Students then predict, observe, and infer demonstrations for pressure, temperature, and wind speed. This fascinating Wild Weather program will blow students socks off!

SOL: 4.1; 4.6; 6.1; 6.6

+ Mind over Matter (5th - 6th)

Phases of Matter

Step inside the “Mind over Matter” program at Amazement Square to look closely at atoms and molecules. You will find out why atoms and molecules behave the way they do and that their behavior is just a phase. A couple stimulating demonstrations will help students analyze traits of matter, the changes they undergo, and so much more!

SOL: 5.4; 6.4

+ Unlocking the 4th Grade Science Standards (4th - 5th)

Review science in a fun, interactive way!

A detective is processing a crime scene at Amazement Square and discovers the need for elementary science experts to investigate a threat against the museum. Unlocking the codes hidden under the elementary science stadards will crack the case, reveal the suspect, and resolve the threat. This thrilling program will put students' science knowledge and 21st century skills to the test as they work to save the day! This one hour science review is designed for either the end of 4th grade OR the beginning of 5th grade.

SOL: 4.1; 4.2; 4.3; 4.4; 4.5; 4.6; 4.7; 4.8; 4.9;

+ Unlocking the 5th Grade Science Standards (5th)


Science knowledge, skill, and collaboration will be the only way to stop Amazement Square’s evil mad science teacher. Do your students have the knowledge and skills to unlock the science standards? This one hour 5th grade science review designed to test the VA science standards has a lot at stake.

SOL: 4.1; 4.2; 4.3; 4.4; 4.5; 4.6; 4.7; 4.8; 4.9; 5.1; 5.2; 5.4; 5.5; 5.6; 5.7